England captain Ben Stokes has asserted that chasing big totals becomes a lot easier when teams have clarity of thought, which the current England setup has, according to him. The Englishmen created history on Tuesday, chasing down 378, their highest-ever total in Test cricket.
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow added an unbroken 150 runs for the fourth wicket at Edgbaston as England seized control of proceedings on day four in what seemed like a challenging chase of 378. Root returned unbeaten on 76 off 112 balls while Bairstow scored 72 not out in only 87 balls as the hosts transferred the pressure onto the visitors by stumps on Day 4. England now need only 119 runs to complete yet another chase in a home Test. They beat New Zealand 3-0 by chasing down significant targets in all three matches of the series.
India gained a significant 257-run lead by stumps on Day 3 of the Edgbaston Test against England in Birmingham on Sunday (July 3). After bowling out England for 284 in response to their first innings score of 416, India reached 125 for 3 at the end of the third day’s play. Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 50 off 139 balls while Rishabh Pant was batting on 30 off 46 balls. The duo had added exactly 50 runs when the day’s play ended on Sunday.
Jasprit Bumrah has termed being named India’s captain for the rescheduled Test against England as the biggest achievement of his career so far. On Thursday, the BCCI confirmed the fast bowler as leader for the Birmingham Test while picking keeper-batter Rishabh Pant as the vice-captain. Regular skipper Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to COVID-19.
Legendary England pacer James Anderson has expressed sadness over the cancellation of the fifth and final Test against India at Old Trafford in Manchester. The last Test of the series was due to start on September 10. It was, however, called off after COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp.
England Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison on Friday said it was Indian players' anxiety over the COVID-19 situation in their camp and not a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the cancellation of the fifth and final Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. The fifth Test was always in doubt after assistant physio Yogesh Parmar's positive COVID-19 test on Thursday. Before that, head coach Ravi Shastri and he support staff were also sent into isolation after the former tested COVID-19 positive in the midst of the fourth Test